War Dance
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Since the 1980s, Uganda has been in a state of civil war, with the nation's leadership violently contested by a revolutionary force known as the Lord's Resistance Army (or L.R.A.). The fighting is fiercest in the North of Uganda, and there the L.R.A. recruit many of their soldiers by abducting children from refugee camps and homes in the poverty-stricken villages, where electricity and running water are still luxuries known only to a few. However, in the village of Patongo, located deep in Uganda's war zone, a group of students (many of whom escaped from the clutches of the L.R.A.)… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is wonderful to watch this joyous slice of the cultural lives of these victimized, traumatized children struggling to survive and build a better life in a desperately troubled part of the world."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"The perfect antidote to compassion fatigue."
‑ Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News
"This wonderful doco is heartbreaking and heartwarming by turns"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"This is powerful stuff that reasserts both the evil and the good in human hearts."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"[Dominic Fine's] camera captures beautiful Ugandan locations -- and some equally beautiful character moments. The film ends on a surprisingly upbeat note."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"This film offers a child's perspective on the ravages and complexity of war and is also a convincing testament to the healing power of creative expression."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"The horror and heartwarming [is] equally compounded."
‑ Rachel Howard, San Francisco Chronicle
"An emotionally-engaging testament to the indomitability of the human spirit even in the midst of the most dire of circumstances."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"A truly beautiful tribute to the redemptive powers of art, music, and dance, and the insidious destructiveness that trickles down in war to the most innocent of victims. Please see it."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Because no one dares to call a film about suffering children boring, Fine and Nix slack on analysis and investigation and concentrate on gorgeous saturated cinematography"
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"'The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places,' Hemingway wrote in A Farewell to Arms. That statement might stand as the summation of this documentary, which celebrates the strength of winsome, broken children."
‑ Philip Marchand, Toronto Star
"War/Dance is the sort of documentary that's meant to appall us, to shake us out of our uninformed complacency. And yet there are moments in the film that may make an audience uncomfortable in ways the Fines may not have intended."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"We celebrate joy rising from the ashes of tragedy."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
"The film's artsy surface diminishes its impact [but] tells a story that needs to be told repeatedly."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"These kids are amazing in the most literal sense of the word, and you will never forget them."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
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